Mint Leaf – tasty fine dining Indian food in West End

On a recent Sunday night when we felt like eating Indian food, we tried Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar near Haymarket.  We loved the food and drinks at Mint Leaf and may go back there with a group of friends.   Mint Leaf has a large lounge and a dining area.  The restaurant felt more like a club ideal for groups than for a couple, although on a Sunday night it felt more like an exclusive date night spot.  Chef Rajinder Pandey who was part of the restaurant’s opening team in 2003 is now back at Mint Leaf.  The latest A la Carte menu by Chef Pandey indicates innovative appetizers, side dishes,  and desserts, and standard main courses.   As with many Indian restaurants, there are a lot of vegetarian items on the menu and they are labeled appropriately as well.

In the Dining area at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar Haymarket, London

In the Dining area at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar Haymarket, London

 

We got the spicy vodka martini and the caipirinha. The vodka martini was sweet and spicy with neither flavor dominating the drink – I would get this again.  The caipirinha was a standard well made caipirinha. 

Vodka Martini at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar, Haymarket, London

Vodka Martini at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar, Haymarket, London

Caipirinha at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar, Haymarket, London

Caipirinha at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar, Haymarket, London

 

The bhel puri arrived in a papad cone with the sweet and tangy tamarind-date chutney drizzled across. The plating of the bhel puri was non-traditional,  It tasted fine too even though it did not include boiled and dry mashed potatoes.  

Bhelpuri at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar,  Haymarket, London

Bhelpuri at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar, Haymarket, London


We got the tikka platter where we could get a sampling of chicken, duck, guinea fowl and lamb kebabs.  We got exactly 4 pieces – i.e., one of each kind of tikka. All the tikka pieces were excellent – well spiced, but not too hot, tender in texture – and made us want to order more of the same.
Tikka platter at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar, Haymarket, London

Tikka platter at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar, Haymarket, London


We got a pudina paratha – a traditional flat bread sprinkled with dried spearmint.  We were intrigued by the chili cheese broccoli floret dish on the menu.  The broccoli florets were very spicy despite the cheese and were grilled al dente. I recommend getting these with some raita as we did.
Pudina Paratha at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar, Haymarket, London

Pudina Paratha at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar, Haymarket, London

Chilli Cheese broccoli florets at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar, Haymarket, London

Chilli Cheese broccoli florets at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar, Haymarket, London

 
I had to get the blue berry kulfi just to try the kulfi.  It was well presented.  The best part of this dessert was the super-fresh blue berry confit.  I have had better kulfi in India for sure and in Sunnyvale, California – see this post on Nirvanaah
Blueberry kulfi with fresh berry confit at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar, Haymarket London

Blueberry kulfi with fresh berry confit at Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar, Haymarket London


I would go back to Mint Leaf again, with a group of friends or for the pre and post-theater menus.
Related posts on Indian food on Not Just Vegetarian 

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4 comments

  1. Haven’t been to this place. Is it new ?

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    1. Ramesh – Mint Leaf has been around since 2003. You must try it the next time you are in London and you want to eat Indian food.

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